With politics being as divisive as it is, it's refreshing to see bipartisan support among an issue most Americans probably agree with. Republican Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and Democrat New Jersey Senator Cory Booker have co-sponsored a bill to strip taxpayer funding for the construction of professional sports stadiums.

The proposal is quickly gaining steam among Capitol Hill and the public. Much of that support comes among public outcry of NFL players taking a knee or staying in the locker room during the national anthem.

According to Booker, sports leagues are a multi-billion dollar industry and can fund stadium construction without relying on the taxpayer's dime. He goes on to say:

"It's not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, especially when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits."

Lankford released a similar statement, stating that subsidization of private stadiums should not be a priority when the country has real infrastructure needs.

According to the two senators, 36 stadiums have been built or renovated under taxpayer money since 2000. The cost? $3.2 billion. Of course, some have argued that funding stadium construction is a good thing since it encourages higher attendee turnout, which means more money for businesses, ultimately benefiting the economy as a whole. The senators, though, argue that there is no correlation between stadium renovation and economic benefit in the municipality where the facility is built.

Just how expensive is a sports stadium? The Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, home of the New England Patriots, cost taxpayers $72 million. If that doesn't have you shaking your head, then consider the stadium used by the Pittsburgh Steelers, which cost 2.5 times that amount at a jaw-dropping $171.6 million - all at taxpayer expense.

Even in light of the NFL national anthem fiasco, Americans of all political backgrounds can likely agree that a multi-billion dollar sports league can do just fine without a super high-tech facility, or fund the projects out of their own pocket.

Do you agree with Senators Lankford and Booker? Is taxpayer money better spent elsewhere?

 
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